Monday, December 16, 2019

Book Review: 'More Than One Storm Coming: Women Will Decide Elections from Now On-2020 Guide' by D.J. Parsons

More Than One Storm Coming by D J Parsons

‘Of course the Statue of Liberty is a woman’

Author DJ Parsons is making an impact on contemporary thought. Her books to date include the novel THE MURDER OF THE CHURCH SECRETARY, and three books on feminist views and challenges. Her message: women and girls continue to have their basic freedoms and futures threatened by men – and that it is time for change. She has addressed abortion rights, the failed patriarchal systems, religion, and now the possibility for altering such intrusions in the upcoming 2020 election.

Parsons writes with a stringent pen (nowadays, keyboard!) and captures the reader’s attention – and concern – from the first words to the last. She succinctly presents the purpose of this book – ‘The intention of the main body of this work is to serve as a big hot warning to women that their lives will go south in a hurry if men accomplish their plan – blocking educational opportunities for women, fair wages, and safe reproductive care; forcing births; and exercising pure, raw power. This snowball has been increasing in size and picking up speed for quite some time. Today, October 5, 2018, millions of women are nationally marching in protest against men; the nonexistent war on women of ten to fifteen years ago has culminated in downright viciousness toward women. There we were, all minding our own business, trying to get educated and paying the costs for it, falling in love without losing our own identities, caring for children (our own and for others) who needed us, worrying about feeding them and keeping them safe, finding jobs that paid enough for gasoline to get us there, and squeezing in maybe – just maybe – a movie or a morning worship service somewhere sometime…’ 

Angry? Yes, and rightfully so, as Parsons explores the areas where women have been subjugated to men – in relationships, religion, politics, and the workforce. The book is brief, but surveys history, contemporary situations, and he personal analysis of the political clime and the need for action.

One of the several reasons the book works well is Parsons’ concept of creating a ‘cast’ for her prĂ©cis: the protagonist – females, the antagonist – males (politicians, clergy, employers, husbands, etc), forming the core of her shared wisdom and analysis of both why we are where we are and the imperative need to change. The book is peppered with very fine illustrations that drive home the messages. Facts – from ancient history to the present – support the views presented. And after presenting her case, Parsons states, ‘There is much to do to prepare for what’s coming: increasing male aggression, rising lawlessness, the elimination of safety rules and regulations, and, to top it off, a silent church, I find myself suffering physically and emotionally from an unforgiving spirit, but eventually, we’ll have to forgive those dividing us….If obstacles get too dangerous, go covert.’

Powerful and thought-provoking, DJ Parsons’ book deserves a wide audience – both men and women. Accept the challenge and read.

Editor's note: This review has been published with the permission of Grady Harp. Like what you read? Subscribe to the SFRB's free daily email notice so you can be up-to-date on our latest articles. Scroll up this page to the sign-up field on your right.